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In 1986, Tom Burns, from Milwaukee USA, recognising the need for an alternative cooking system, developed a device which utilises the original energy source of the planet – the sun. The resulting Sun Ovens are the most effective solar powered cookers in the world and have already made a positive impact on deforestation: a family of six using a Global Sun Oven for 80% of their cooking needs saves 4,800 pounds of wood per year.
Each oven lasts for 20 years, eliminating the need to cut down thousands of trees. The Global Sun Oven weighs just 21 pounds and can fold up to the size of a small suitcase. The mirror finished anodised aluminium reflectors are super-efficient and enable the oven to reach temperatures of 400˚F within 20 minutes.
The Villager Sun Oven is a larger trailer version, used in large-scale feeding programs. It can reach temperatures of up to 500˚F and bake 50 loaves of bread an hour, or cook two meals a day for a village of 400 people, saving 340,000 pounds of wood a year. Even in sub-zero air temperatures, the oven will capture the sun’s rays as if it were a tropical day – as long as the sun is shining.
Villager Sun Ovens are now being used across the globe, from an orphanage in Uganda to a co-operative bakery in Honduras. The company has also started manufacturing facilities in Ghana, Uganda, Honduras, Eritrea and Georgia.